Dec. 25, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.--The Navy football team, including Superintendent Vice Admiral Mike Miller, USN and head football coach Ken Niumatalolo, volunteered at St. Anthony's Dining Room this morning in San Francisco helping hand out food and scarves to more than 4,000 people in need on a chilly Christmas morning.
"This was without a doubt the best bowl event we have ever been a part of," said Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo. "It was very humbling to have the opportunity to be here and I know it's something I want our team to do every year from here on out. It was an eye-opening experience for a lot of our players and having the opportunity to take part in what St. Anthony's does on a daily basis is really what Christmas is all about."
St. Anthony's has been feeding the homeless in San Francisco for 62 years and feeds more than 3,000 people per day, 365 days per year. In the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, the mission of St. Anthony Foundation is to feed, heal, shelter, clothe, lift the spirits of those in need, and create a society in which all persons flourish. They are committed to providing the poor of San Francisco with basic needs and services as a gateway to reclaiming their sense of dignity and to progressing towards stability. The mission of St. Anthony Foundation is guided by these values:
HEALING We are committed to a healing ministry serving the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of those who are poor. We are called to solidarity with the poor and seek to identify with those we serve, realizing that by sharing in the healing of others, we too are healed.
COMMUNITY We are called to solidarity with the poor and seek to identify with those we serve, realizing that by sharing in the healing of others, we too are healed. We invite participation in decision-making by those whose lives are affected, so that all may realize, develop and share their gifts for the good of the community. We strive to promote an atmosphere of openness, trust, and relationship, and to foster a spirit of respect for the gifts and needs of all persons.
PERSONALISM We seek to honor diversity and treat all people with dignity and respect. We recognize that each person is worthy and valued simply by being. We seek simplicity and flexibility in our operations, and cherish our relationships with one another.
JUSTICE We seek ways to eliminate injustice and to educate and empower people so that all may claim their rights in society. We believe we have a prophetic role to play in addressing the power structures of society, and seek to be advocates for and with people who are poor, disadvantaged, and outcast. We strive to work toward a society in which the world's abundant resources are made available to all according to need.
GRATITUDE We celebrate the wonder of life and beauty of creation. We work to be good stewards of all the gifts given to us. We are committed to expressing our joy and gratitude to God and to all who join us in our work.
Navy will play Arizona State in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Saturday at 1:00 PM (PT), 4:00 PM in Annapolis on ESPN2.